DHEA sure good for conception?

I have tried three cycles of IUI, with sperm count each time being 24-26 million /ml and count of 30 million to 35 million. My husband was asked to take fertility tablets before these treatments but couldn't see any increase. Surgeons say my ovaries may have layers of thin cyst which can't be seen in ultrasound so they laparoscopy to clean them.

Also prolactin is high (26) for which another doctor recommended DHEA sure and Fertisure for me, and zinc supplements for husband. We were told to not opt for IUI this month.

My AMH level was 0.9 last August and FSH and LH check this time was normal except prolactin. So I'm worried of side effects because I'm 63kg and 30 years old with lots of acne on my face. I am anxious to conceive after my first missed abortion due to chromosomal abnormality in fetus in second month. We both normal in chromosomal analysis. Will DHEA work for us or should I opt for laparoscopy as suggested by surgeon?

Our Expert's Answer

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DHEA is recommended in cases of low ovarian activity, especially when planning IVF. However, if you suffer from acne (a sign of high testosterone level) I would not advise you to take DHEA. Laparoscopy can help to treat cysts by ovarian drilling especially if you don’t ovulate.